2020 Holiday Gifts

Flamer - Autographed
Curato, Mike

Staff Holiday Gift Pick

Award-winning author and artist Mike Curato draws on his own experiences in Flamer, his debut graphic novel, telling a difficult story with humor, compassion, and love.

This book will save lives. --Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of National Book Award Finalist Hey, Kiddo

I know I'm not gay. Gay boys like other boys. I hate boys. They're mean, and scary, and they're always destroying something or saying something dumb or both.

I hate that word. Gay. It makes me feel . . . unsafe.

It's the summer between middle school and high school, and Aiden Navarro is away at camp. Everyone's going through changes--but for Aiden, the stakes feel higher. As he navigates friendships, deals with bullies, and spends time with Elias (a boy he can't stop thinking about), he finds himself on a path of self-discovery and acceptance.

Item No. 9781250756145
$17.99
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The Snowy Day Bodysuit


Staff Holiday Gift Pick

"One winter morning Peter worke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see."

100% cotton bodysuit featuring artwork from the beloved classic, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Unisex sizing. Pair it with the book for the perfect gift!

Every purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.

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A Snicker of Magic
Lloyd, Natalie

Staff Holiday Gift Pick

Natalie Lloyd's SPINDIDDLY debut novel, now in paperback!

A Snicker of Magicjoins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!

Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.


But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to change. A word collector, Felicity sees words everywhere---shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's floppy ears---but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the word home. And then there's Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity's never seen before, words that make Felicity's heart beat a little faster.


Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she'll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that's been cast over the town . . . and her mother's broken heart.

Item No. 9780545552738
$6.99
Animal Farm Graphic Novel
Orwell, George
A beautiful graphic adaptation of George Orwell's timeless and timely allegorical novel.

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

In 1945, George Orwell, called "the conscience of his generation," created an enduring, devastating story of new tyranny replacing old, and power corrupting even the noblest of causes. Today it is all too clear that Orwell's masterpiece is still fiercely relevant wherever cults of personality thrive, truths are twisted by those in power, and freedom is under attack. In this fully authorized edition, the artist Odyr translates the world and message of Animal Farm into a gorgeously imagined graphic novel.

Old Major, Napoleon, Squealer, Snowball, Boxer, and all the animals of Animal Farm come to life in this newly envisaged classic. From his individual brushstrokes to the freedom of his page design, Odyr's adaptation seamlessly moves between satire and fable and will appeal to all ages, just as Orwell intended.

Item No. 9780358410775
$14.99
Another
Robinson, Christian

Staff Holiday Gift Pick

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children's Book of 2019
An NYPL Best Book of 2019
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019
A BookPage Best Picture Book of 2019
A Horn Book Fanfare Selection of 2019

In his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.

What if you...
encountered another perspective?
Discovered another world?
Met anotheryou?

What might you do?

Item No. 9781534421677
$17.99
Black & White
Hoban, Tana

Staff Holiday Gift Pick

Share this book with the baby in your life. Perfect for tummy time!

From the eminent photographer and acclaimed book creator Tana Hoban, this bestselling accordion-style foldout book is sturdy enough to stand by itself and features fourteen bold black-and-white high-contrast images to engage babies and very young children.

Tana Hoban's books are beloved by teachers, librarians, parents, and readers. A perfect gift for new parents and babies.

Before they are able to clearly see colors, babies respond to the strong contrast between black and white, which makes this the perfect first book for young, developing brains. Experiencing bold black-and-white contrast helps stimulate development in the retina and the optic nerve.

This sturdy accordion-style foldout book features high-contrast art from two bestselling Tana Hoban board books: Black on White and White on Black. These classic and popular books have sold more than one million copies.

About Black on White and White on Black, Publishers Weekly said, "Hoban's compositions are so supple and her layouts so well balanced that she casts kind of a spell . . . magical."

Item No. 9780061172113
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Butterfly Bib

 Staff Holiday Gift Pick

Keep baby's clothes clean with this soft bamboo bib featuring a colorful print from Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Pair with a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle for a great baby shower gift!

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance
Adeyemi, Tomi

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could've imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi's New York Times-bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first book in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.

Praise for Children of Blood and Bone

"Poses thought-provoking questions about race, class and authority that hold up a warning mirror to our sharply divided society." -The New York Times

Item No. 9781250170996
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Clap When You Land
Acevedo, Elizabeth

Staff Holiday Gift Pick

In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people...

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance--and Papi's secrets--the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they've lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Great for summer reading or anytime! Clap When You Land is aTodayshow pick for "25 children's books your kids and teens won't be able to put down this summer!

Plus don't miss Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X and With the Fire on High!

--School Library Journal (starred review)

Item No. 9780062882769
$18.99
Displacement
Hughes, Kiku

Staff Holiday Gift Pick

A teenager is pulled back in time to witness her grandmother's experiences in World War II-era Japanese internment camps in Displacement, a historical graphic novel from Kiku Hughes.

Kiku is on vacation in San Francisco when suddenly she finds herself displaced to the 1940s Japanese-American internment camp that her late grandmother, Ernestina, was forcibly relocated to during World War II.

These displacements keep occurring until Kiku finds herself stuck back in time. Living alongside her young grandmother and other Japanese-American citizens in internment camps, Kiku gets the education she never received in history class. She witnesses the lives of Japanese-Americans who were denied their civil liberties and suffered greatly, but managed to cultivate community and commit acts of resistance in order to survive.

Kiku Hughes weaves a riveting, bittersweet tale that highlights the intergenerational impact and power of memory.

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Dragon Pearl
Lee, Yoon Ha

Staff Holiday Gift Pick

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Yoon Ha Lee's space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits.
But you'd never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min's mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times.
Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She's counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.
When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.
Min's quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.
This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination.

Item No. 9781368014748
$7.99
Dragons in a Bag
Elliott, Zetta

Staff Holiday Gift Pick

The dragon's out of the bag in this diverse, young urban fantasy from an award-winning author--with two starred reviews!

When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she's not his grandmother--but she isa witch! She needs his help delivering baby dragons to a magical world where they'll be safe. There are two rules when it comes to the dragons: don't let them out of the bag and don't feed them anything sweet. Before he knows it, Jax and his friends Vikram and Kavita have broken both rules! Will Jax get the baby dragons delivered safe and sound? Or will they be lost in Brooklyn forever?

"Good, solid fantasy fun." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A promising start to a new series." --School Library Journal, starred review

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Drawn Together
Lê, Minh

 Staff Holiday Gift Pick

This acclaimed picture book from two award-winning creators about connecting across generational and language differences shows that sometimes you don't need words to find common ground.

When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens -- with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.

With spare text by Minh Lê and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring story about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come.
"A beautifully told and illustrated story about a grandson and grandfather struggling to communicate across divides of language, age and culture." --- Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winner
Don't miss LIFT, also by Minh Lê and Dan Santat!

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Eric Carle Animal Rummy Card Game

 Staff Holiday Gift Pick

  • A fun, friendly look for a classic game
  • Features beautiful animals from The World of Eric Carle
  • Make the most sets of matched animals to win
  • Children will delight at the expressive creatures; For 2 to 6 players, ages 3 and up
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$8.99
Eric Carle Tissue Box Sensory Toy

Staff Holiday Gift Pick

CRINKLE! SWISH! VRRR!

Includes Tissue box with plastic lid and 9 "tissues" of various materials for fun sensory play. All designed for encouraging play, enhancing developmental skills, and critical thinking.

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$21.95
Fahrenheit 451 Graphic Novel
Bradbury, Ray D

 Staff Holiday Gift Pick

A Graphic Adaptation

An HBO Original Movie starring Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther), Sofia Boutella (Star Trek: Beyond), and Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water).

An Eisner Award Nominee

Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn 'em to ashes, then burn the ashes.

For Guy Montag, a career fireman for whom kerosene is perfume, this is not just an official slogan. It is a mantra, a duty, a way of life in a tightly monitored world where thinking is dangerous and books are forbidden.

In 1953, Ray Bradbury envisioned one of the world's most unforgettable dystopian futures, and in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, the artist Tim Hamilton translates this frightening modern masterpiece into a gorgeously imagined graphic novel. As could only occur with Bradbury's full cooperation in this authorized adaptation, Hamilton has created a striking work of art that uniquely captures Montag's awakening to the evil of government-controlled thought and the inestimable value of philosophy, theology, and literature.

Including an original foreword by Ray Bradbury and fully depicting the brilliance and force of his canonic and beloved masterwork, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451is an exceptional, haunting work of graphic literature.

Item No. 9780809051014
$16.95
Float
Miyares, Daniel

Staff Holiday Gift Pick

A boy's small paper boat--and his large imagination--fill the pages of this wordless picture book, a modern-day classic from the creator of Pardon Me!that includes endpaper instructions for building a boat of your own.

A little boy takes a boat made of newspaper out for a rainy-day adventure. The boy and his boat dance in the downpour and play in the puddles, but when the boy sends his boat floating down a gutter stream, it quickly gets away from him.

So of course the little boy goes on the hunt for his beloved boat--and when the rain lets up, he finds himself on a new adventure altogether.

This seemingly simply story from Daniel Miyares is enriched with incredible depth and texture that transcend words.

Item No. 9781481415248
$17.99
Funtastic Friends Mini Gel Pens

Lovely llama and pals adorn these cute mini pastel scented gel pens. Funtastic Friends Mini Gel Pens bring fruity scents to writing, doodles and more. This set of 6 friendly pastel gel pens will surely delight and inspire.

  • 6 different Fruit scented pastel gel ink colors
  • 6 different happy quotes and characters - one on each pen
  • Gel ink - for smooth writing
  • Size 4.25 inches
  • Suitable for ages 3 and up
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$6.95
Glamtastic Glitter Notebook - Blue Assorted

 Staff Holiday Gift Pick

One glitter notebook in assorted blue colors.

Toss away the boring notebooks and go glamorous! You'll be the talk of the town with these high profile, small sized, sparkly notebooks that'll fit in your pretty little pocket. Each notebook has 64 lined pages at 4 by 5.75 inches so they are small enough to carry around and sizeable enough for your captivating notes.

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$3.50
Glamtastic Glitter Notebook - Pink Assorted

 Staff Holiday Gift Pick

One glitter notebook in assorted pink and purple colors.

Toss away the boring notebooks and go glamorous! You'll be the talk of the town with these high profile, small sized, sparkly notebooks that'll fit in your pretty little pocket. Each notebook has 64 lined pages at 4 by 5.75 inches so they are small enough to carry around and sizeable enough for your captivating notes.

Item No. 118-172
$4.00
How to Get Away with Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery #2)
Bunce, Elizabeth C

 Staff Holiday Gift Pick

Eliza (The Carle Bookshop) says: I loved this book! It's completely fine to read out of order in the series as each one has its own self-contained mystery. Well-written, smart and funny, these books are perfect for mystery lovers on their way to read Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.

Before the train has left the station, England's most accomplished new detective already is on a suspect's trail, and readers will be delighted to travel along.

Myrtle Hardcastle has no desire to go on a relaxing travel excursion with her aunt Helena when there are More Important things to be done at home, like keeping close tabs on criminals and murder trials. Unfortunately, she has no say in the matter. So off Myrtle goes--with her governess, Miss Judson, and cat, Peony, in tow--on a fabulous private railway coach headed for the English seaside.

Myrtle is thrilled to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Bloom, a professional insurance investigator aboard to protect the priceless Northern Lights tiara. But before the train reaches its destination, both the tiara and Mrs. Bloom vanish. When Myrtle arrives, she and Peony discover a dead body in the baggage car. Someone has been murdered--with Aunt Helena's sewing shears.

The trip is derailed, the local police are inept, and Scotland Yard is in no rush to arrive. What's a smart, bored Young Lady of Quality stranded in a washed-up carnival town to do but follow the evidence to find out which of her fellow travelers is a thief and a murderer?

Item No. 9781616209193
$17.95
I Talk Like a River - Autographed
Jordan Scott & Sydney Smith

Staff Holiday Gift Pick

Autographed by both author Jordan Scott and illustrator Sydney Smith

What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to? Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to get the words flowing.

I wake up each morning with the sounds of words all around me.

And I can't say them all . . .

When a boy who stutters feels isolated, alone, and incapable of communicating in the way he'd like, it takes a kindly father and a walk by the river to help him find his voice. Compassionate parents everywhere will instantly recognize a father's ability to reconnect a child with the world around him.

Poet Jordan Scott writes movingly in this powerful and ultimately uplifting book, based on his own experience, and masterfully illustrated by Greenaway Medalist Sydney Smith. A book for any child who feels lost, lonely, or unable to fit in.

Item No. 74234175
$18.99
Joni: The Lyrical Life of Joni Mitchell
Alko, Selina

 Staff Holiday Gift Pick

"Colors burst across each page, with layers of collage-work emphasizing the richness of Mitchell's influences and imagination. Will speak to readers just starting their own exploration of artistic expression. --Booklist (starred review)

Celebrate the captivating life of Joni Mitchell, the world-famous songbird who used her music to ignite and inspire an entire generation, in this stunning picture book biography from award-winning author and illustrator Selina Alko. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It's a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.

Joni Mitchell painted with words.

Sitting at her piano or strumming the guitar, she turned the words into songs.

The songs were like brushstrokes on a canvas, saying things that were not only happy or sad but true.

But before composing more than two hundred songs, Joni was a young girl from a town on the Canadian prairie, where she learned to love dancing, painting, birdsong, and piano. As she grew up into an artist, Joni took her strong feelings--feelings of love and frustration, and the turbulence that came with being a young woman--and wrote them into vivid songs.

Brought to life by Selina Alko's rainbow collages and lyrical language, this heartfelt portrait of a feminist and folk icon is perfect for parents, children, and music lovers everywhere.

Back matter includes a letter from the author and Joni's full discography.

"An inspired and creative ode to the inimitable Joni Mitchell."--Kirkus

"Layered mixed-media collages featuring cut paper, found images, and colorful smears of paint effectively evoke the richly rendered emotional landscapes of Mitchell's songwriting." --Publishers Weekly

Item No. 9780062671295
$18.99
Julian at the Wedding
Love, Jessica

Staff Holiday Gift Pick

The star of Julián Is a Mermaid makes a joyful return--and finds a new friend--at a wedding to be remembered.

Julián and his abuela are going to a wedding. Better yet, Julián is in the wedding. Weddings have flowers and kissing and dancing and cake. And this wedding also has a new friend named Marisol. It's not long before Julián and Marisol set off for some magic and mischief of their own, and when things take an unexpected turn, the pair learns that everything is easier with a good friend by your side. Jessica Love returns with a joyful story of friendship and individuality in this radiant follow-up to Julián Is a Mermaid.

Item No. 9781536212389
$16.99
Knuffle Bunny Bodysuit

 Staff Holiday Gift Pick

100% cotton bodysuit featuring Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems. Available in sizes 6 months - 24 months. Color: light blue

Each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.

Pair with an autographed book for the perfect gift!

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